Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Lazy Day

After yesterday's excitement I took a rest this morning but did go out after lunch to Sadler's Slough a small wetland to the east of Calgary in the prairie region. The weather was sunny but almost gale force winds made finding birds difficult.

Yellow-headed Blackbird

On arrival a Sora Rail scampered cross the road and Yellow-headed Blackbirds demonstrated their extraordinary dexterity in the cat-tail marshes.  There were plenty of duck about some with ducklings but most are starting their eclipse moult.  We noted Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Redhead, Lesser Scaup and of course Mallard.  There was also a Black-necked Grebe amongst the wildfowl.

Green-winged Teal just starting eclipse moult
On the way home near Delacour I counted 10 American Avocets on a roadside lake.

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